The Source of Temptation
Intro: As Mothers, as parents, are we responsible for the outcome of our children’s lives? For the sins they do or don’t commit?
As children, can we blame our parents for our choices?
1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin…”
5 Facts about Temptation, Sin, and Forgiveness + 5 Applications
1. Temptations are a given.
First Jesus talks about a person pre-sin, still being tempted.
And they come through people… apparently.
The blame game:.
- Listen to the way you talk about your mistakes.
Usually we blame some outside factor - “Sorry I was late. The traffic was horrible. I got sick. My wife took forever to get ready.”
- Then listen to how you talk about victories. (Yeah, it was my idea. I always make the lights. I always plan to be on time. (inside, taking the credit)
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Application #1: Take responsibility for sin.
“I did wrong because I was selfish.” Can you say that?
Can you think of a time when you brought sin into someone’s life?
Ex: It’s easy to picture someone offering a recovering alcoholic a drink.
What about fighting to be right when it wouldn’t matter to let them win?
What if I am leading my wife into sin by arguing with her instead of dropping it?
2. All people sin.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
BUT DON’T BE THE SOURCE OF EVIL…
If people have the potential to influence others for evil.
- the opposite is also true.
Rebuke a person who is about to make a mistake.
3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…
Get yourself in order first! (monkey see, monkey do)
Influence to steer people from sin (by example
…and through rebuke).
Application #2: Work to prevent sin.
“If you see something, say something.”
Don’t overlook it. Not passive parenting. It’s worth the effort.
“Open rebuke is better than hidden love.” Pr. 27:5
Ex: Is your Christian friend dating a non-Christian?
“You didn’t come home last night. Is everything ok?”
3. Every person has influence.
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t want to take responsibility for others.”
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
Try to prevent sin. But people will sin. Then what?
“…if he repents, forgive him.” (“IF”)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Make a call to repent!
Jesus did, John the Baptist did, Peter did, Paul did.
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near… Father forgive them…”
Jesus called men to repentance and readily forgave them.
Moses prayed that God would hold back his wrath from Israel.
Application #3: Preach repentance.
4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
4. Every Christian is obligated to forgive.
7 is the perfect number meaning continual.
Give what we have received.
Application #4: Grant forgiveness to the repentant.
BUT… Forgiveness doesn’t preclude discipline.
Ex: Being sited with speeding comes with a fine.
I can repent to the Lord, but I still have to pay the ticket.
Ex: I can be reckless with my health by smoking, lack of exercise, or improper diet and still suffer consequences even though I have repented and changed.
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Jesus just finished telling the disciples to steer people from sin, rebuke them when they do, and then forgive them however many times it takes.
5. It takes faith to forgive.
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
What bigger mountain is there than an offended brother?
Application #5: Pray for the faith to do it.
Today is Mother’s Day
We are all Mothers and Fathers to others.
Exhortations Today as Christians
- Take responsibility for sin. (set a good example)
- Work to prevent sin. (prayer, correction)
- Preach repentance. (The gospel)
- Grant forgiveness to the repentant. (Forgive)
- Pray for the faith to do it. (More faith!)